Magi'i of Cyador

From the hardcover:
L.E. Modesitt, Jr., is one of the standard names in fantasy entering the new decade, and his most famous series is the Saga of Recluce. Each novel fills in pieces of the history of this land where Chaos and Order strive to maintain a magical balance.

Magi'i of Cyador marks the beginning of a new tale from deep within the rich depths of the history of Recluce. This is the story of Lorn, a talented boy born into a family of magi'i. A fastidious student of remarkable talent, Lorn lacks the single most coveted attribute required of a Magus of Cyador: unquestionable loyalty. Lorn is too independent for his own good.

So Lorn is forced to become a lancer officer, and he's sent to the frontier to fight off the all-to-frequent barbarian raids - a career that comes with a fifty percent mortality rate. His enemies don't expect him to survive....

Lorn is a fresh, new character who will enrich one of the most important fantasy series of the decade: the Saga of Recluce.

Magi'i of Cyador HCFrom the ARC:
Magi'i of Cyador is the beginning of a new story arc from the rich depths of the history of Recluce. It is the story of Lorn, a talented boy born into a family of Magi'i.

A fastidious student of remarkable talent, Lorn lacks the single most coveted attribute required of a Magus of Cyador: unquestionable loyalty. Lorn is too independent for his own good. So he's made into a lancer officer and shipped off to the frontier to fight off all the all-too-frequent barbarian raids -- a career that comes with a 50% mortality rate. His enemies don't expect him to survive...


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MAGUS (plural MAGI)

({sm}me{shti}g{schwa}s) Pl. Magi ({sm}me{shti}d{zh}a{shti}); also 4 magy [L., a. Gr. {mu}{gaacu}{gamma}{omicron}{fsigma}, a. OPersian magu-s.] 

1. Hist. A member of the ancient Persian priestly caste, said by ancient historians to have been originally a Median tribe. Hence, in wider sense, one skilled in Oriental magic and astrology, an ancient magician or sorcerer.
 
plur. [ c1400 Three Kings Cologne 49 Seynt Austyn sei{th} {th}at {th}is word Magi in the tung of Chaldee is as moche to seye as a Philosophre. ] 1555 W. WATREMAN Fardle of Facions II. vii. Kivb, [In Persia] their Magi (that is to say men skylfull in ye secretes of nature). 1609 HOLLAND Amm. Marcell. XXIII. vi. 231 In these tracts lye the fertile fields of the Magi. 1614 SYLVESTER Bethulias Rescue v. 301 You Parthians, Cossians, and Arabians too, By your sad Magi's deep prophetlike Charms Sacredly counsell'd. 1711 POPE Temp. Fame 97 There in long robes the royal Magi stand, Grave Zoroaster waves the circling wand. 1864 PUSEY Lect. Daniel vii. 418 Among the Persians, those who are wise as to the Deity, and are its ministers, are called Magi.

Source: Oxford English Dictionary